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I’ve traveled both overseas and overnight with my first daughter a number of times now, but yesterday was my first overnight or overseas flight with two kiddos, including my just-turned-one-year-old. We were in British Airways business class (that they it call Club World), so we set ourselves up to be pretty comfortable and hopefully get a bit of rest on the overnight journey. However, anyone with a one year old knows that probably isn’t going to really happen.

It didn’t.

I’ll share the whole story after our trip, but here are five peeks at what it is really like to fly business class with two little ones.

Your kids will lay in funny positions and make funny faces no matter what. Business class does not equal serious class. Lie flat seats are obviously not required for these contortions, but they certainly add to the possibilities.

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You will get to look at champagne. I mean, you probably won’t have the free hands to drink the champagne if you have a one year old or similar, but you can certainly give it a try. Drink fast if you dare to attempt.

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You will get to watch others eat food. They serve multi-course meals in business class, but if you are traveling with your young crew in tow (and especially in your lap), don’t really count on actually eating at that leisurely pace. Baby S did share some of her peas and carrots though!

You will watch others sleep. 98.5% of the reason to fly business class in my mind is to sleep as much on the plane as possible, but if you are flying with young kids you may not get to do that. In fact, as I was pacing the dark cabin with my one-year-old last night, almost all of the handful of people still awake were moms with their toddler aged little ones who just couldn’t fall asleep on their own in a strange place. My six year old, however, went to sleep right after eating like a champ!

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Your seat will become a play area. A business class seat may be massive compared to economy, but it is still a very small area for a kid to sit in for hours and hours and hours. It won’t take long for every square inch to be explored and maximized. Baby S especially liked the peek-a-boo feature of the divider between her and dad!
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I didn’t get one minute of sleep on the flight last night, but having the extra space was still very much worth it…it just wasn’t the relaxing premium cabin experience that might exist without little ones. That’s okay though, I got hand fed peas, watched 18 episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and had a snuggly little one on me old night long while soaring through the sky. Who needs to sip champagne when you have all that?!

Have you flown business class with little ones? How did it go? Did you get to drink the champagne?

Know before you go.

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